14 May 2009

LeBron makes NBA first team

10:46 am on 14 May 2009

The Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James continues to pile up NBA basketball awards, adding a first team all-star selection to the most valuable player honours he claimed last week.

James, who also picked up an Olympic gold medal in Beijing and has his Cavaliers closing in on an NBA title after sweeping through their first two series, was a unanimous selection earning first team honours for the second consecutive year.

Joining James are Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat.

Bryant, last season's MVP, earned his seventh first team selection and fourth straight while Wade, who led the league in scoring with 30.2 points per game, makes his first appearance on the first squad.

The All-NBA second team includes Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets, Brandon Roy of the Portland Trail Blazers, Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs, Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics and Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets.

The third is made up of Denver's Chauncey Billups and Carmelo Anthony, Tony Parker of the Spurs, Lakers' Paul Gasol and Shaquille O'Neal of the Phoenix Suns.